Thousands of people including students from the city’s schools and colleges, majority of them being NCC cadets, witnessed the Army Mela that began at the Torchlight Parade Ground in Bannimantap this morning.

The Mela, aimed to attract youngsters to the Defense Forces, will be held tomorrow too, with Dynamic Displays to be held twice: from 11.10 am to 12.40 pm and from 4 pm to 5.30 pm. Entry is free. Chief Minister Siddharamaiah will be arriving at 10.30 am.

The most admired event was the Rope Slithering performed from an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) in which a team of 10 soldiers carrying arms and rucksack on their backs, displayed how they take position in a threatened territory. The team from Parachute Regiment is called the Red Devils.

The second most applause was elicited by the Tornadoes – a team of soldiers riding Enfield motorcycles. While the various thrilling formations were performed by 20 riders including two clowns, the stunts of riding through a ring of fire and through a wall of bricks (made of rubber) were performed by Maj. S.S. Rathore who led the team.

The Mela began with the unfurling of the Tricolour, performed as part of the equestrian show by soldiers of the ASC (North) Bangalore. The flag was unfurled via tent-pegging. They also displayed various skills on horse-back that were part of war techniques practiced 252 years ago. The horses easily jumped across the eight hurdles placed on the ground.

This was followed by a group dance by soldiers of Madras Sappers (MEG) to the tune of “Ma tujhe salam…” music composed by A.R. Rehman.

Kalaripayyattu, the martial art of Kerala, performed by 12 soldiers of the MEG, was also widely appreciated.

The Military Band, who marched in playing the tune of “Kadam kadam badhaye ja…” played several tunes and concluded with “Saare jahan se achha…”

Lt. Gen. V.K. Pillai, General Officer Commanding of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, who arrived by helicopter, was delayed due to bad weather.

Brig. M.M. Devaya, Commanding Officer of MEG and other officers were present. The comperes Maj. Navneet Lohana and Maj. Ashok were assisted by Mysooru Umesh.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore